Would you first introduce yourself to our readers, please?
I AM GARY BENNETT AND I PLAY GUITAR FOR KYI. HI!
What's the first thing you did this morning?
SCRATCH MY BALLS AND COMPLAIN
What are you guys doing if you're not on tour?
PREPARING FOR ANOTHER TOUR OR WRITING NEW SONGS.
What's the most strange thing that ever happened to you on tour?
WE HAD A SHIT WAR IN A HOTEL WITH THE MOVIE LIFE. WE WON, CUZ WE ARE FATTER AND WE SHIT MORE.
What's your favourite city or venue to play and why?
I LOVE NEW YORK CITY, ITS OUR HOMETOWN, AND THE KIDS ARE VERY DEDICATED. C.B.G.B.'S!
Who's the coolest band you ever toured with?
TOO MANY TO MENTION, WHERE DO I START? 7 SECONDS, H2O, AGNOSTIC FRONT, 2 MAN ADVANTAGE, DEATH BY STEREO, GOOD RIDDANCE, STRIKING DISTANCE, BANE, F-MINUS, SO MANY COOL PEOPLE.
Is it true that the european tour in april will be the last KYI tour? Do you have any problems in the band at the moment?
THE ONLY PROBLEM WE HAVE IS THAT TOURING REQUIRES ALOT OF TIME AND MONEY AND SACRIFICE THAT WE CANT GIVE UP ANYMORE FOR A WHILE. WE HAVE BEEN ON TOUR FOR LIKE 5 YEARS! WE DONT SPEND MUCH TIME HOME, SO THE BAND HAS BECOME OUR JOB, AND THAT STARTS TO SUCK AFTER A WHILE. WE ARENT BREAKING UP, WE WILL STILL RELEASE RECORDS AT OUR LEISURE AND PLAY SHOWS IN NEW YORK, OR MAYBE NEW JERSEY, OR SOMEPLACE CLOSE. WE LOVE HARDCORE, AND IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO EXPECT TO MAKE A LIVING FROM HARDCORE MUSIC. EVEN SICK OF IT ALL HAVE DAY JOBS, AND WHO IS BIGGER THAN THEM? WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING FROM PLAYING HARDCORE AND WE DONT LIKE THE FEELING IT GIVES US. WE LOVE HARDCORE, BUT WHEN IT BECOMES THE JOB YOU ARE TRYING TO GET A RAISE FROM, YOU START TO RESENT IT THE WAY YOU WOULD RESENT YOUR BOSS. SO WE HAVE DECIDED TO KEEP LOVING HARDCORE AND MAKE OUR LIVING WORKING A REAL JOB. IF YOU HATE YOUR JOB, YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND A NEW ONE THAT WILL SPARK YOUR INTELLECT AND MAYBE THAT WILL BE GOOD FOR YOU. WE WANT TO ALWAYS HAVE THE BAND AND ALWAYS LOVE WHAT WE HAVE DONE. WHO KNOWS? MAYBE ONE DAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO DEVOTE MORE TIME TO THE BAND AGAIN, BUT FOR NOW, WE FEEL WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES, AND OUR FAMILIES, TO DEVOTE MORE TIME TO OUR LIVES OUTSIDE THE BAND. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT WE HAVE RECIEVED FROM THE SCENE OVER THE YEARS, AND KILL YOUR IDOLS IS THE MOST GRATIFIYING EXPERIENCE WE HAVE EVER HAD. WE HAVE MADE MUSIC PEOPLE LIKE AND WE HAVE SEEN THE WORLD. NOW IT IS TIME TO LEAVE OUR PARENTS HOMES!
What are your favourite things about the band?
I THINK I SPEAK FOR ALL OF US WHEN I SAY THAT ALL WE EVER WANTED TO ACHEIVE WAS TO HAVE AN HONORARY PLACE AMONGST OUR OWN RECORD COLLECTION. IT IS COOL TO LOOK MY COLLECTION, AND RIGHT IN BETWEEN MY KREATOR AND MY KILLING TIME RECORDS, ARE MY OWN KILL YOUR IDOLS RECORDS. WE HAVE CREATED SOMETHING THAT HARDCORE AND PUNK KIDS ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE APPRECIATED. THERE ARE WAY OVER 100 KIDS WITH A KYI SKULL TATTOO IN THE WORLD. WE ARENT THE BIGGEST HARDCORE BAND THERE IS, BUT THE KIDS WHO LIKE US, FUCKING LOVE US. AND WE LOVE THEM. THAT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER THAN ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. TO LOOK OUT AND SEE KIDS SINGING THE WORDS TO YOUR SONGS. AND TO HAVE MET AND PLAY WITH BANDS WE LOOK UP TO AND LOVE, TOURING WITH LEGENDS LIKE AGNOSTIC FRONT AND 7 SECONDS. MONEY CANT BUY MEMORIES LIKE THAT.
What have you been listen to lately?
BLOOD DUSTER, THE NEW CANNIBAL CORPSE, VOORHEES/INSULT SPLIT, NEW VOORHEES RECORD, MORE VOORHEES........., STRIKING DISTANCE, BANE, JOEY'S THROWIN' ELBOWS, AFI, F-MINUS, AND DISASSOCIATE.
Why did you changed your Label from Blackout to One Side Dummy Records?
SIDE ONE WAS ABLE TO OFFER US MORE THAN BLACKOUT COULD. BLACKOUT IS A GREAT LABEL, BUT WE WERE WORKING VERY HARD AND BLACKOUT COULDNT KEEP UP ANYMORE, SO WHEN OUR CONTRACT WAS UP, WE SIGNED WITH SIDE ONE. THEY ARE A GREAT LABEL, AND HAVE DONE ALOT FOR US. NO DISRESPECT TO BLACKOUT, THEY WERE THERE FOR US BEOFRE ANYONE EVEN CARED, AND THEY DID THEIR BEST. THEY DID ALOT FOR KYI. WE WOULDNT HAVE TOURED AS MUCH AS WE DID IF NOT FOR BLACKOUT.
One Side Dummy is not that famouse in europe, in fact they have no distribution over here. Can you tell us something about the Label in general?
SIDE ONE DUMMY IS A FARELY NEW LABEL RUN BY JOE SIB OF THE BAND 22 JACKS, WHO ARE ALSO ON THE LABEL. SIDE ONE HAS 7 SECONDS, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, FLOGGING MOLLYS, THE CASUALTIES. THEY ARE AWESOME.
Who idea was it to do a split with Good Riddance? What kinda feedback did you got on it so far?
THAT SPLIT HAS BEEN DOING VERY WELL, WE ARE REALLY HAPPY WITH IT. JADE TREE RECORDS HAS ACTUALLY BEEN INTERESTED IN SIGNING US FOR A WHILE, SO WE HAVE ALWAYS STAYED FRIENDS AND STAYED IN TOUCH. WE TOLD THEM WHEN WE SIGNED WITH SIDE ONE THAT WE WOULD LOVE TO DO A ONE OFF OF SOME SORT, AND IT WAS THEIR IDEA TO DO A SPLIT WITH GR. THEY WILL BE DOING OTHER SPLTS IN THE FUTURE WITH OTHER BANDS.
What will be your next project?
A SPLIT WITH AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, A SKULL SHAPED PICTURE DISC, A SPLIT WITH ENSIGN, AND ANOTHER FULL LENGTH FOR SIDE ONE.
ALSO, OUR FINAL EUROPEAN TOUR IN MARCH, AND OUR FINAL? U.S. TOUR IN JUNE.
Any last words?
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR ALL YOU SUPPORT. KILL YOUR IDOLS IS THE GREATEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE, AND ITS BECAUSE OF ALL OF YOU.